Armenian MP speaks Armenian in Turkey Parliament chamber

We will not let you cover up the murder of Tahir Elçi, too.

Istanbul Armenian activist Garo Paylan, who is also a Turkish parliament member from the pro-Kurdish “Peoples’ Democratic Party” (HDP), made such a statement speaking at the Parliament chamber.

The Armenian MP commenced his remarks by greeting the Parliament speaker and members in Armenian.

Subsequently, Paylan reflected on the murder on November 28—and in front of journalists—of well-known Kurdish attorney Tahir Elçi, who was also Chairman of Diyarbakır Bar Association.

In his remarks, Garo Paylan also recalled the murder of Istanbul Armenian journalist Hrant Dink—the founder and chief editor of Agos Armenian bilingual weekly of Istanbul, and he was shot dead on January 19, 2007 outside the office of his weekly—, and stressed that the Turkish authorities will now attempt to cover up Elçi’s murder, just like in Dink’s case.

“[But] we will not let you [do that],” the Armenian MP added.